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  1. Rich Neville

    How many people is this really going to impact? Who in this day and age doesn't have cable or satellite?


  2. From that NYT piece –

    “More than 20 million households receive their TV shows using only an antenna, while about 15 million households have at least one TV not connected to cable or satellite, according to the National Association of Broadcasters.”

    and

    “About 40 million coupons have been requested, but to date 16 million have been redeemed, compared with an estimated 35 million televisions that will lose a signal. Adding to the problem: people who obtained coupons early this year, but never redeemed them, have discovered that they expire after 90 days. They are not allowed to reapply for vouchers (though they could use someone else’s coupon).”

  3. Rich Neville

    Doesn't that number of households seem really high? Plus, the 35 million TVs probably includes TVs that are not necessarily used for watching TV. My mother has a TV that she only uses for videos. No need to convert that one to digital. Given, we're not the really the target market for this, but I don't know a single person that still has analog TV. And that includes a bunch of people in rural NY state.


  4. The number might be high but I bet there are tons (millions) of people with analog only access.


  5. This change won't effect me one bit. I don't have cable, and don't watch TV via antenna (DVD only, and web for the rest). Frankly, the amount of press about it where I am has been minimal, especially given the holiday season. Ah well. Maybe someone will put something together, or face PR-hell.


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